By Sierra Caban
When many people choose to go to college, the idea of going away to school often means at least a good two hours away, unless they are deciding to stay home and commute. However, it is not always a bad thing to go to college right in your own backyard. Whether you want to commute or not, attending college close to home can be a really great experience, and here are 10 reasons to prove why that is true:
1. You have the choice of living on campus or just staying at home. I am someone that decided to stay close to home for college, and because of this choice I got to live on campus my freshman year, commute my sophomore year, and now I’m back to living on campus again.
2. If money is something that you’re worried about, you can save by commuting. College is extremely expensive, so when you stay close to home you lose the burden of having to pay room and board (as well as all the other fees that come with living on campus) by choosing to just live at home during your college years.
By Liz David
For many high school graduates the end of high school means the beginning and the end of so many things in your life, one of those especially being the beginning of college. The idea of starting your college life is both an exciting and stressful time. The thing that is most stressful (at least in my case) is choosing which school you want to call home for the next 4 years. It is a decision that is far from easy, and my college decision was no exception. So here is how I made my choice, and some suggestions to hopefully help make your decision making process a little less stressful:
When I first started the process of choosing where I might want to go, the one thing that I knew for sure was that I wanted to go away for college. The experience of living on my own and really developing my independence was something that I knew I always wanted. It is the first choice that I suggest you make when you begin the process of making your college decision.
By Mack the Knight
Ask graduating seniors which offices impacted their time on campus the most, and you’re sure to always have many people mention the Career Center.
It makes sense. The Career Center holds so much responsibility for helping students succeed. From professional development to career counseling to preparing for graduate school to finding an internship to sprucing up resumes…goodness, I’m out of breath just listing off some of their responsibilities!
But what really makes the Career Center at the Mount incredible is the staff. They are truly such an amazing group of people who work tirelessly to help us all succeed and let us know there is always someone in our corner cheering for us. From the director, Kathleen O’Keefe, who was recognized as a pillar of the Mount this year; to Heather Fitzsimmons, who was one of Dutchess County’s Forty Under 40 recipients; to Ellen Bourhis-Nolan, who runs so many workshops to help students be prepared for jobs or graduate school; to Robin Rosenberg, who is so involved on campus and in the community; to the always bubbly Megan Rossi ’13, who returned to the Mount community after volunteering in the Peace Corps; to the incredible Regina Eisenbacher, who keeps everything organized and always has a smile for everyone. It’s just an incredible group!
But don’t just take my word for it: So many of our students rave about the Career Center that we wanted to collect it all in one place.
“The Career Center went above and beyond to help me. Mrs. O’Keefe (the Career Center director) helped me create and polish my resume, and she arranged interviews at a newspaper and a publishing company. These internships really helped focus my resume and give me experience in my field, which went a long way. The Mount is the main reason I found what I wanted in a career.” — Courtney Fahy ’14, editorial assistant at Little Bee Books
By Mack the Knight
So you’re getting ready to make your college decision, and the pressure is high. How do you make such a momentous decision? By consulting GIFs of course!
Here are the stages of deciding where to go to college, as told by GIFs:
Getting excited by acceptance packets, but then instantly feeling overwhelmed by all the decisions that have to be made:
Procrastinating on making said decision:
By Sam Young
In addition to earning a degree, college is an adventurous time where students can expand their horizons and acquire new skills, interests, and hobbies. One great avenue for doing this is joining a club. However, maybe you see an interest on campus that is not included among our vast majority of clubs. So, filled with ambition and enthusiasm, you decide you want to start a club to change that…. only you just don’t know where to start. If that’s the case, then look no further. Here is a guide that will go over the basics of starting and running a club at the Mount:
- Survey The Interest. To make your club official, it’s important to prove that there’s a genuine interest from the student body for what you’re proposing. The Student Activities office usually requires at least 3 other students willing to serve as club officers, at least 10 additional students interested in the club, and a faculty adviser. Once you have found enough students and a faculty member willing to support your idea, collect their names, student ID numbers, and emails, because you’ll need them for the next step.